The evolving SNC-Lavalin scandal and what appears to be an ensuing cover-up have rocked political Ottawa and dominated the news cycle for two solid weeks.
The mainstream media has done a decent job of highlighting the mere facts of this scandal — from what seems to be Trudeau’s gag order against former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, to a new law stuffed into an omnibus bill that allows for a sweetheart deal for corporations like SNC-Lavalin, to Liberal MPs on the Justice Committee blocking a proper investigation, to Trudeau’s top aide Gerald Butts’s mysterious resignation.
“Why are men willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a robot that obeys their smallest command?” the feminists asked rhetorically. “A female robot cannot say no to something that the man wants, if she is not programmed to do so”, the feminists complained.
Any “malicious interference” in Canadian affairs by foreign representatives here would be inappropriate, a federal official warned Wednesday in the wake of incidents that saw students from China angrily attack Tibetan and Uyghur activists at two Ontario universities.
But the spokeswoman for Kirsty Duncan, minister responsible for universities, sidestepped a call for Ottawa to investigate whether Chinese diplomats are using such students to meddle in Canadian post-secondary institutions.
“I think she can tell the world. I hope she does. First of all, she’s not giving advice to government … It’s not covered by the cabinet oath. So why would it be privileged? … you have to prove a privilege. Privilege is a very narrow thing … I see no privilege in (alleged) discussions involving political aides of the government trying to persuade, or tell the attorney, that she should do certain things on a criminal prosecution.”
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s bond was set at $100,000 on Thursday after the actor was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.
“As you stand before me we presume you’re innocent but the state read me a proffer that is outrageous. If true, the noose conjures up [the] greatest evil in this country,” Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. told Smollett.
The 36-year-old actor said little other than giving his name at the beginning of Thursday’s hearing. His attorney, who said the actor denies all charges against him, asked the judge to release Smollett on his own recognizance. However, the judge said that would be inappropriate.
CNN’s Don Lemon panicked on Wednesday night after prosecutors charged “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett with a felony
CNN’s Don Lemon panics over Jussie Smollett's felony charge: “Sean Hannity is going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch every single second. Tucker Carlson is going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch every single second. The President of the United States is going to eat his lunch” pic.twitter.com/aYCQE9Y50J
Representatives for SNC-Lavalin hustled to connect with federal prosecutors after the Liberal government quietly introduced a proposal last year to allow corporations to strike settlement deals and avoid criminal prosecution, court documents show.
The company’s lawyers acted so quickly to position their client for a so-called remediation agreement that they contacted prosecutors weeks before lawmakers, even Liberals, were even aware the Trudeau government had tucked the legislation into its 582-page omnibus budget bill.
In the shiny, optimistic vision of the future we will all be living in “smart cities” in which self-driving cars will check the best routes after being charged up on intelligent, connected power grids.
Public services and safety will be carefully managed though data, while devices in our homes will talk to each other and the wider world as part of the “internet-of-things”.
Many of these services will be delivered over what is called 5G. It will be much more than just faster data on our phones, but potentially transformational for our lives – if you believe the hype.
But there is a darker fear as well. What if it is also transformational for our security if we end up reliant on a Chinese company to deliver this future?
“I know that Flying While Brown has always been a concern. But now Landing While Brown is also frightening.” So says Khaled Beydoun, a Muslim who claims he was victimized on and after a Delta flight last week. An interesting detail of the story is that Beydoun is a key “Islamophobia” propagandist: he is “Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Senior Affiliated Faculty at the University of California-Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project,” according to his bio.
Canada’s top civil servant has refuted a bombshell media report that alleged political interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, claiming it included “errors” and “unfounded speculation” and was “defamatory.”
Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, testifying at the justice committee today, was referring to a Feb. 7 Globe and Mail report that touched off a political scandal and triggered the resignation of cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerry Butts.
“I’m here to say to you that the Globe and Mail article contains errors, unfounded speculation and, in some cases, is simply defamatory,” he said.
Oh, now it's clear. He himself pressured her. The audacity of a hired hand telling the Attorney General to "get it right". As if she wasn't trying to get it right; as if she didn't know her duty; as if she answered to him.
“Jussie” (verb): To promote a bigoted lie about conservative Americans that faithfully supports the liberal narrative while being so transparently false that only the stupidest of the people pushing it actually believe it.
Our society keeps getting jussied, and I’m frankly getting tired of it.
Drag queen story hours – events where drag performers read to children – are moving out of the big cities and coming to conservative southern US states.
A group of drag queens stand in a small room at the back of a public library in South Carolina, their bright outfits in contrast with the beige walls.
Children file in and quickly scan the larger-than-life characters before turning their attention to running around and playing.
“There are five drag queens walking around this room and not one kid has walked up to us and said ‘you’re so weird’,” says drag queen Rylee Hunty. “Kids exist in their own fantasy world and we fit into that.”
British government security orders that can be placed on known extremists are so expensive to enforce they are hardly ever used, leaving the majority of returning jihadists to “roam free”.
The arrangements made for Islamist extremists living in the United Kingdom has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the rediscovery of a former London schoolgirl who defected to the Islamic State in 2015, who now wants to come to Britain to raise an ISIS fighter’s son.
The same applies in Canada. The cost of Islam is huge.